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Etta James and the Roots Band - Burning Down the House (2001)

Etta James and the Roots Band , Daniel E. Catullo III  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Etta James and the Roots Band
  • Directors: Daniel E. Catullo III
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2002
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000068MAA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,197 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Etta James, and her long time backing band - The Roots Band, showcases her ability to take on any genre and conquer it. In Burning Down The House she goes from the sultry jazz of "At Last" to the Rock'n'Roll of "I Just Wanna Make Love to You," to the deep blues of "I'd Rather Go Blind" to the funk of "You Can Leave Your Hat On."

Track Listing:
1. Come to Mama
2. I Just Wanna Make Love to You
3. Born to Be Wild
4. I'd Rather Go Blind
5. All the Way Down
6. Breaking Up Somebody's Home
7. At Last
8. You can Leave your Hat on
9. Something's Got a Hold on Me
10. Your Good Thing is About to End
11. Rock me Baby
12. Love and Happiness
13. Sugar on the Floor

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I'd Rather Go Blind" is worth the whole DVD!!! September 16, 2002
Get this DVD if you are into Blues... Etta will be history someday and you wont want to miss out on this. This concert kind of reminded me of watching BB King now a days...she sits during the whole show. Don't get me wrong she belts out the blues, she's just getting older.
My favorite song she does is I'd Rather Go Blind. This is one of the better versions of this song that she does. The only version I've seen better is only available on VHS (hint, hint, please re-release and remaster on DVD). It was a special with Etta, Dr, John, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Albert King and many others. Some of the others are not around anymore.
If you are into the Blues you wont want to miss this. The picture quality is fair to good and the sound is Dolby 5.1 and stereo.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Living Legend ! April 3, 2003
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Etta James has had a long, distinguished career in music, which is reflected in the 90-minute concert now available on this DVD.
In front of an enthusiastic audience, she delivers 15 songs in her trade-mark, tough and tender, take-no-prisoners style that puts her up with the elite artists of our time. The songs cover blues, soul, rhythm and blues, jazz, funk and even some flat-out rock--Etta handles sensitive ballads and raucus ravers with equal emotion and heart. Although seated throughout the concert, she knows how to connect with an audience.

She is backed by The Roots Band, a large group of talented musicians, that includes two of Etta's sons. I guess talent can be hereditary ! The set includes Etta's most famous song, "At Last", which still retains its magic after so many years--but there are other highlights too--" I Just Want To Make Love To You ", "Breaking Up Somebody's Home"' "I'd Rather Go Blind", even "Born To Be Wild"--also I'm betting that her rendition of "Love and Happiness/Take Me To The River" would bring a smile to the Reverend Al Green's face !

The technical quality of the DVD is good, but not perfect. The picture occasionally seems a bit hazy--the sound perhaps not as sharp as it should be. At the same time, it adds to the atmosphere of the event--an R & B concert in a blues club is not a Mozart quartet recital ! This music is supposed to be a little rough around the edges.

When you are thinking of the great "ladies of song"--Bessie, Billie, Ella, Sarah, Dinah, Aretha--don't forget Etta--she belongs !

A very sad footnote, dated 20 January 2012. Ms. Etta James has passed away. She had a truly remarkable voice, and the talent to make any song her own. This is a sad day indeed for music.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This set is scorching all the way! May 23, 2003
Etta James has expanded her boundaries during the last several years, incorporating more sophisticated and lavish productions, particularly with her jazz and gospel recordings. Despite the forays into other musical genres (where she is imminently competent), her rockin' blues songs on this live set are incredibly soulful and arguably represent the peak of her achievements since her Chess and Cadet days in the '60s.
Do yourself a favor and get this set on dvd or cd, and also get her blistering set from 1963, "Etta James Rocks the House". Then you'll have 2 remarkable shows bookending 40 years of the ongoing career of the real Queen of Soul.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Etta Burns!!! November 17, 2007
By AHannah
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After more than 40 years, Etta still delivers a great performance. This DVD shows why she's in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The great singers, the great performers, can deliver raw, live performances without all the hype, pomp and circumstance. They don't rely on the takes and re-takes; the cuts and re-cuts.

This DVD proves Etta's a time-tested, star singer and performer. And she doesn't take a break during this performance. She delivers for 90 straight minutes! Sure she sits, but so what. You can still see and feel her rhythm; she never misses a beat as she rocks, and rocks, and rocks.

You believe Etta when she declares, "Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home". She relives her yesterday in "I Was Born To Be Wild".

And she involves her audience as they join her in song. Listen to her and watch her interact with them (and direct her band)in 'Your Real Good Thing'. Her subtle hand, head, and body motions come together as a maestro in this composition. She directs the band to "bring it on up, bring it on up a littler higher". Though she's in command, she never fails to thank and compliment the audience.

And then there's 'Rock Me Baby', followed by 'Love and Happiness', and 'Take Me To the River', which Etta smoothly transitions to 'My Funny Valentine'. What a masterpiece!

Finally, 'Sugar On The Floor' brings it all home. After more than 40 years in the bizmo, Etta is still not afraid nor ashamed to show emotion.

Great DVD!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Come To Mama" January 15, 2009
The name Etta James goes back in my memory to associations with my first listening to rock music on the old transistor radio in the late 1950's. At that time, I believe, her music was in the old doo wop tradition of the late 1950's, a music that I was fairly soon to dismiss out of hand as the `bubble gum' music that was prevalent in that period between the height of Elvis/Jerry Lee/Carl Perkins classic rock & rock and the Beatles and The Rolling Stones. That is where things were left until a dozen years ago or more when Etta `stole the show' at the Newport Folk Festival. Well, we live and learn.

Here we have Etta doing all the songs in a 2001 concert being recorded for an album that she is justly famous for like "Come To Mama", "Born Blue" and "I Rather Be A Blind Girl" as well as some nice covers in her own style of the likes of Steppenwolf' "Born To Be Wild". Just a nice solid performance with a good back up band, including a couple of her sons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 STAR - WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO SAY
Published 1 month ago by NCL
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
best one I've heard RIP
Published 2 months ago by Diane Pace
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing overall
Three stars for James, five stars for her band, averages out to four stars. James' demeanor and salacious physical mannerisms get tiresome quickly, but the Roots Band is on fire,... Read more
Published 17 months ago by jazznut
3.0 out of 5 stars Seated..
Etta James was seated for the entire concert..I assume this was for health reasons, but I felt it took away from the
impact of her music...
Published 18 months ago by Publius
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like a performance by Etta
I love this DVD! I also have the CD and have enjoyed it for years, but now it's a special treat to see Etta James in action belting out a song like only she could do!
Published 20 months ago by Janice
4.0 out of 5 stars Etta...being Etta
As a teen, I had limited money to spend on 45 RPM's. "Somethings Got A Hold On Me", is one that I had to have. At the time, I was not aware of Etta's history as a Blues singer.. Read more
Published 24 months ago by TOPvol
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set by Etta
This live set shows Etta - older but still cool and knocking out songs that prove she is a legitimate DIVA along side Ella, Bessie, and Billy
She has paid her dues and I am... Read more
Published on September 24, 2012 by OzMuzakMudSharK
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One of the most under-rated, under appreciated talents in the music and record industry. Not very many artist have stayed the course through the obstactles and maintained at the... Read more
Published on August 13, 2011 by Thomas W. Angelo
3.0 out of 5 stars Etta James Finale
Etta's singing was adequate. However, her attempt to make her performance "sexy" by her language & gestures did not fit. Read more
Published on August 27, 2010 by Richard Whitlock
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful
This is a very entertaining DVD. The DVD arrived earlier then expected and it was a joy watching Etta in concert.
Published on March 15, 2010 by mary varner
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